Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Second Amendmet, A New Law?

Last night my Grand Daughter said something about a new law that will make it legal to have guns in your home. I'm thinking that was just the way something sounded on TV. I'm pretty sure she has heard the Second Amendment (A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.) mentioned around here before. I did find an article about it in my morning paper today.

"Second Amendment in the cross hairs?
Gun owners weigh in on 'right to bear arms'

by Jimmy Myers
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

For the men in Mike Jones’ family, carrying a gun is a rite of passage.

“I think for people my age,” he said while loading a 17-round, 9 mm clip at a local shooting range, “it’s a link to the Old West.”

With the Second Amendment up for discussion in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, gun owners like Mr. Jones are waiting to see if the “right to bear arms” is redefined. The issue was raised due to the District of Columbia’s handgun ban, the constitutionality of which has been questioned.

“We’re not going to like it if you try to take our guns,” Mr. Jones said on whether the court sides with a faction that insists the writers of the Constitution intended that only militia members can legally own guns. “ ... Probably be a lot of guns that come up missing.”

Joe Collins, manager at Dean’s Gun Shop, pulled a sign from behind a long rack of guns Tuesday and skimmed his fingertip across the words in the Bill of Rights.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” he said, replacing the sign. “You can’t have just military and law enforcement owning guns. If you’ve got that, you might as well have Hitler back again ... I think an individual has the right to own a firearm.”

Mr. Collins guessed that about 60 percent of area gun owners are hunters while the rest are collectors and shooters. A smaller percentage own guns for the purpose of protection.

“Most of them could care less,” he said of enthusiasts who use the firing range attached to the shop. “They just want to come in and punch paper.”

Dr. Jonathan Euchner, assistant professor of government at Missouri Western State University, said he doesn’t expect a ground-breaking decision on the case. His thought is that the Supreme Court, being slow-moving and conservative, will duck the issue.

“They may decide the case,” he said, “but they’re not going to decide it in a sweeping way that reinvigorates the regulation of guns or sends the gun lobbyists into the streets dancing.”

Jimmy Myers can be reached at"

It doesn't sound like most folks are to worried about this but there's something about the Supreme Court making a decision on any of our rights that bothers me. It's kind of like hearing someone say I'm with the IRS and I'm here to help you.

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